Wagner will come off the bench in Sunday's game against the Jazz.
Wagner has started at power forward for the Lakers since LeBron James was shut down for the season, but after playing just 12 minutes in the team's win over the Clippers on Friday, the rookie will now come off the bench. He'll likely split time in the frontcourt with starter Mike Muscala.
Wagner drew the starting assignment with Kyle Kuzma (foot) sidelined for a third straight game and turned in a solid all-around line. The rookie has seen at least Thursday's 25 minutes allotment in the three games Kuzma has missed with his current injury, and Wagner has generated double-digit scoring in the last two. With Kuzma potentially set to miss the remaining three games of the season, Wagner could well continue in the starting five over what remains of the campaign.
Wagner recorded 10 points (4-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 26 minutes during Tuesday's 119-103 loss to the Thunder.
Wagner drew his second straight start (and third of the season) while reaching double figures in scoring for the third time in the last five games. The fit in the starting five next to JaVale McGee is less than ideal, but Wagner is at least getting a chance to contribute down the stretch of the regular season. With that being said, he's still likely best reserved for use in deeper leagues.
Kyle Kuzma is currently listed as doubtful, and coach Luke Walton said he doesn't expect Kuzma to play, so it seems likely that Wagner will join the starters. Wagner is averaging 12.0 minutes over his last four games, however a move into the starting five would likely lead to a larger role.
Wagner made good use of his limited time on the floor, even as he quickly accrued four fouls. The rookie's playing time has ticked up this month with the Lakers out of postseason contention, as he's now logged double-digit minutes in six games during March. However, his opportunities continue to be unpredictable, and with veteran JaVale McGee generating outstanding production ahead of him, that could well remain the case even during the last handful of games.
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